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Friends of the Truckee Library: Magazine donations make good reading

Dana Madsen
Guest Columnist
Donations to the Truckee Library have made cool magazines possible. Zoobooks is a new additoin to the children's section. Go on in and check one out!
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Thanks to generous patrons and a subscription drive by Girl Scout troop 538, many of the magazines the Truckee Library had to drop in November due to budget cuts are now available. We are also making room on the shelves for the following great subscription donations:

“Turn a child’s love of animals into a love of reading.” That’s what Zoobooks says. This magazine, for children ages 5 through 12 has photographs, nice illustrations and a reasonable amount of text on the biology and behavior of animals. There is an interactive section too, with games, projects and puzzles. The January issue features animal babies, and the February issue features dinosaurs.

We have always had National Geographic. In fact, we have 38 years of back issues with photos you might remember from your childhood as very interesting. But here is something new: National Geographic en Espanol. Now we have three Spanish-language magazines. If you only read English, why not pick up some Spanish? With National Geographic en Espanol and National Geographic both open in front of you, you could learn quite a bit.

Here’s one for the guys: Men’s Health. It’s published for men, but we expect women to slip it in with their Martha Stewart Living so they can ogle the photos of handsome, athletic men. The first issue we received includes these articles: “15 Flat Belly Powerfoods,” “What Great Leaders Know,” and “Raise Your Good Cholesterol.” Jimmy the Bartender has an advice column and answers this question: “My girlfriend beats me in every sport…should I ask her to go easy?” Truckee residents can read the answer, then substitute the word “dog” for “girlfriend” and “leave him at home” for “ask her to go easy” and get another valuable answer.

Are you in favor or cross-cultural understanding? Would you like to broaden your knowledge of the cultures, history and geography of the Arab and Muslim worlds? Here’s Saudi Aramco World, published by an oil company but without propaganda ” or ads! It must be good business for Aramco to increase cross-cultural understanding, but we benefit by it with this very readable and good-looking magazine. There are articles about history and culture, people and food. At the back are classroom guides and a schedule of events and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and the world.

Yes! Because I’m running out of time and space, I’m going to quote the mission of Yes! as they see it: “to support you and other people worldwide in building a just, sustainable, and compassionate world.” It is not glossy and colorful in the way that Saudi Aramco World is, but it’s inspiring and hopeful and you might learn a little more about what’s possible for all of us.

Christianity Today covers current events, national, global and local issues, personal interest stories, and theology. There are columns, editorial contributions and even a few cartoons. It calls itself “a magazine of evangelical conviction” and has been referred to as a Time magazine (and a Wall Street Journal) for the well-read Christian.

Current issues of our magazines can be read in the library and back-issues can be checked out like books. Come on in and check ’em out.

Library Hours

Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. (ages 2 to 3 years)

Babes in Bookland on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 months to 2 years)

Storytelling with Mrs. Fix on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (ages 3 years and up)

Spanish Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ages 2 and up)

Bookshelf’s Dry Camp Book Club at the Library

Meets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome.

Now on display at the library:

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda D’Toole


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